Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge
View of the city lights and twinkling stars from Illumination Rock on Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood seen from a scenic flight tour
A beautiful spot for fly-fishing on the Sandy River
Breathtaking views of Mt. Hood from a bike trail along the East Columbia River Gorge
A sampling of refreshing craft beers at Freebridge Brewing in The Dalles
A charming nighttime scene in Hood River
Boardwalk trail in the Wildwood Recreation Site in Welches
Stunning scenery from Kiyokawa Family Orchards in Hood River Valley
Spending a day on the Clackamas River near Estacada
Mountain biking on a single-track trail near The Dalles
Outdoor recreation from peak to valley
Mountain and River Pursuits
The region’s varied terrain makes for adventures at all altitudes. At nearly 3,500 meters high, Mt. Hood has one of the only year-round ski seasons in the world. You'll find recreations options for snow, sun and everything between at unique resorts like Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood Meadows and Skibowl. Descend from the mountain to explore waterfall hiking, go white water rafting on the Clackamas River and fish in the Columbia River Gorge. Head over to Hood River for more exciting waterfront excursions, where the Gorge's steep walls create wind conditions perfect for windsurfing and kiteboarding.
Dining and Drinks
Bountiful harvests are reflected in markets and menus around the region. Take your pick among dozens of independent farm stands, orchards, wineries and restaurants along the self-guided Hood River County Fruit Loop, East Gorge Food Trail and West Gorge Food Trail. Soak in the stunning views and tour boutique wineries on an electric bicycle. There are also a dozen craft breweries and cideries to try. Some noteworthy options: award-winning Thunder Island Brewing, beer brewed with glacially-sourced water at Mt. Hood Brewing Company, traditional English cider at Stone Circle Cider in Estacada and Freebridge Brewing, housed in a Gold Rush-era U.S. Mint building.
Take Alternative Transportation
One unique highlight of the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge area is the ability to visit without needing your own car. A vast network of public and private transportation options can get you almost anywhere in the region you'd like to visit. Take the Mt. Hood Express, a public shuttle bus that runs from Sandy to Timberline Lodge with stops at scenic recreation areas along the way. The Columbia River Gorge Express – as well as a number of private shuttles – explores the Waterfall Corridor and Multnomah Falls before heading out to Cascade Locks, Hood River and The Dalles. For open-air thrills, rent a bike and cruise the communities that line the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.